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Good source for vaccum advance on '56 V8

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  • Good source for vaccum advance on '56 V8

    Apparently, the vaccum advance is shot on 'ol Bess. The one off my '52 is just as bad. So, I need a new one. Any suggestions? SI doesn't list them and I can't call SASCO today.

    The application is a 259 V8 '56 Commander engine.
    The distributor cap says Delco Remy 13 inside. Or:

    <center>Delco
    made in
    USA
    Remy


    on the opposite side, facing the opposite way;

    13</center>

    This is related to the trouble shooting I'm doing with Bess' popping or carb-backfire problem. I've cleaned out the float-bowl vent (no problem I could see) and will be changing the spark plugs today.
    It's been suggested to me that the timing gear could have jumped a gear, or be worn out. This seems unlikely to me as the car starts (one or possibly two turns of the motor cold) easily, and idles beautifully. It can be driven, but, whenever there's a load or incline, will pop and kick. One time it even backfired when I shut it off. Just the once though. I've been able to move it to either side of Lewiston, a trip of a mile or two, without serious problems. Still, I'm unable to climb any of the passes out of the valley.

    So, suggestions are welcome.[8)]



    Lotsa Larks!
    K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
    Ron Smith
    Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?
    Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
    K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
    Ron Smith
    Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

  • #2
    Have you checked with T-Bow? (978) 897-3158.
    "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
    sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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    • #3
      Never heard of it. What, or who, is T-Bow?


      Lotsa Larks!
      K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
      Ron Smith
      Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?
      Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
      K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
      Ron Smith
      Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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      • #4
        In the '60's when I worked for a C&&y dealer I worked on a car that would idle good, and run good 'till you loaded the engine and it would do the same things you describe. The plugs looked new, and I even re-gapped them, same problems, but a new set cured the problem.
        If you changed them today I guess you already know the answer.


        James K. Clark
        Rutledge Tn.
        '55 Prez. 2dr Hdtp.
        Don't take yourself too seriously!

        James K. Clark

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        • #5
          Ron
          Have you got another coil available? Maybe the coil is breaking down under load.

          Terry

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          • #6
            Ron I suspect your problem is an extreme lean problem or poissibly electrical but it isn't the vacuum advance as long as it was hooked properly and timed accordingly. good luck also if there any #'s on your advance you can probably cross reference thru delco

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            • #7
              [quote]Originally posted by studeclunker

              Never heard of it. What, or who, is T-Bow?


              They refer to a fellow called Dave Thibeault if I spelled that correctly, he makes parts for Studebakers or reconditions them probably both

              John Clements
              Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
              Lockleys South Australia
              John Clements
              Christchurch, New Zealand

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              • #8
                Oooooh! You mean Dave? Yeah, I should have caught that. Thebeault would be pronounced T-bow. Duh![:I] Well, I never claimed to be a genius. I'll call him tomorrow.


                Lotsa Larks!
                K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                Ron Smith
                Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?
                Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
                K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                Ron Smith
                Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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                • #9
                  If they are the same as the 57 Silverhawk they are a bugger to find. I happen to have one. Just because I looked for over two years to come up with it. Didn't want to pay 85 to 120 dollars for the ones that I did find. Anyhow I will take a picture of the one I have tommorrow and post. Then if its the one you need. I'll see if its available. Phil Harris found the one that I have for me.

                  Mabel 1949 Champion
                  1957 Silverhawk
                  1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
                  Gus 1958 Transtar
                  Fresno,Ca

                  Mabel 1949 Champion
                  Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
                  Gus 1958 Transtar
                  The Prez 1955 President State
                  Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
                  Daisy 1954 Regal Commander Starlight Coupe
                  Fresno,Ca

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by studeclunker

                    [size=3][font=Comic Sans MS]Apparently, the vaccum advance is shot on 'ol Bess.
                    Ron,
                    Have you done any testing on the vacuum advance? If you suck on the hose going to it, does the plate move? Does it hold vacuum?

                    I think it's unlikely that even a completely non working vacuum advance would cause that severe a running problem.

                    Also, I think it's impossible for a Stude to jump a tooth on the timing gear. I can sorta kinda visualize it on a SBC with a very sloppy timing chain, but can't see that happening even with worn gears on a Stude.

                    Keep troubleshooting the fuel and ignition systems. Don't throw parts at it. You'll find the culprit [^].




                    Dick Steinkamp
                    Bellingham, WA

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                    • #11
                      Yeah, Dave had the VA. Yeah, I tested it, Dick. It moved and the armature also moved. Still, it wouldn't hold vacuum. I'm going to change out the plugs and coil today. After all, the current ones are over twenty years old. I'd say probably close to thirty.


                      Lotsa Larks!
                      K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                      Ron Smith
                      Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?
                      Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
                      K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                      Ron Smith
                      Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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